Denise has been involved in the Type 1 diabetes community for almost 25 years, since her son Chris was diagnosed at age four in 1998. She started The Brighton Go-Getters support group in the summer of 1990, and it continues to be a vital resource for local area families with over 245 members. Denise and her family have been active volunteers for the ADA and JDRF, with Denise working 12 years as an Outreach Manager at JDRF. She currently sits on the Michigan workgroup Supporting Students with Type 1 Diabetes in the School Setting, and helped to develop the Beaumont Children’s video “Managing Type 1 Diabetes in Schools: A Guide for Non-Medical Personnel”.
Her passion is helping other families navigate the chaotic journey T1D brings. As her son has grown up, so has the needs for the T1D community expanded. She is proud to be involved in the work Diabetes SoluT1ons is doing to provide resources and education to this community. On her off time, she enjoys traveling to northern Michigan, doing CrossFit, and spending time with her active grandsons.
Amy Ohmer, Event Coordinator
Amy Ohmer, mother and caregiver of two college daughters that were diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) at a very young age. After the first diagnosis in 2006, Amy has become the patient/caregiver voice in pediatrics; advocating for better treatment and care, while focusing on a cure for T1D. Utilizing her well-recognized blog; NaturallySweetSisters.com, Amy specializes in creating collaboration through patient-centered care by focusing on the needs of patients/families as a consultant within research and medical communities. As the Director of the International Children’s Advisory Network, Inc. (iCAN), Amy’s efforts include engaging the parent and young adult voice in support of positive psycho-social needs as well as a community building for adolescents, providers, clinicians, and caregivers.
She is an active advocate for research leading to better T1D outcomes through co-design within T1D Exchange, the University of Michigan Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC), and by providing advising support within the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Caswell Diabetes Institute, State of Michigan Diabetes Patient Advocacy Coalition (DPAC), American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Stakeholders and C3 work groups, and as a speaker. Amy is a recipient of the Sally Joy Award and has collaborated on multiple patient viewpoint articles in journals and news magazines such as National Geographic and BridgeMI. With a BA from Michigan State University in Advertising, Communications Arts and Science, Amy brings a passion for engaging audiences by offering open communication by utilizing social networks, technology and marketing to strengthen the overall diabetes community.